Will was fifteen-and-a-half, an avid AFL football player, lead singer of a rock band, good student, great mate to his friends, a great boyfriend, and a parent's pride and joy. He was full of life and had an amazing future to look forward to. 

He started complaining of having some headaches on a Monday, but hey, this was nothing abnormal for a teenager. They weren’t oppressive so we thought nothing of them. He continued to attend school during the week, sat four exams during this period and displayed absolutely no signs that anything major was wrong, but felt like he was getting a cold.

Then he suddenly started vomiting on the Friday night after school. We thought it was a virus. The next morning he was very tired and said he just wanted to sleep and get ready to go and watch his beloved AFL Hawks the next day with his Dad and girlfriend. Then he suddenly started fitting and he never woke up.

A CT scan revealed a 7cm anaplaestic oligoastrocytoma deep in his mid-brain, which had bled and caused 2 strokes and sizeable brain damage. He “officially” died 6 days later in ICU on 11th April 2013, when we made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support. He never knew he had a brain tumour and we take some consolation in this fact, for it is truly horrendous.

"We walk around and see him everywhere and just wish, like many other parents in a similar situation, for one more touch or just one more conversation." 

We live each day wondering what might have been and hating brain cancer for how it has changed our lives, but we are committed to helping Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in any way we can so other parents do not have to go through this living nightmare.

We had no idea about brain tumours, nor their impact, until we lost our son. Raising awareness and much needed funds is very important to us in the hope that the extra funding and research one day leads to early detection and cure of this beast. That's why we're doing Walk4BrainCancer. 

We live by the motto ‘Where there’s a WILL there’s a way’
— Ross Atkinson